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Impacts of strong parental support for trans youth

Family Support & Rejection Research
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Authors: Travers, R., Bauer, G. & Pyne, J.

Date of publication: 2012

Report: TransPULSE

Summary: This Canadian study used a survey to report on the health impacts of parental support for 433 trans young people aged 16 to 24 years. The researchers found clear associations between the support that trans young people experience from their parents and numerous health outcomes. The most significant differences indicated that trans young people who have strong parental support for their gender identity and expression report higher life satisfaction, higher self-esteem, better mental health including less depression and fewer suicide attempts, and adequate housing compared to those without strong parental support.

Of note, the researchers found that 57% of participants who reported experiencing parental rejection had attempted suicide in comparison to 4% who reported experiences of parental acceptance. These findings draw a direct relationship between strong parental support and the reduction of significant risk factors for trans young people.

You can read the full study here